It all starts with exceptional providers and staff.
Valley’s cardiologists, cardiac interventionalists, neurovascular and vascular surgeons, emergency medicine providers and specialized nursing and support staff are the foundation of our comprehensive cardiovascular program. They are passionate about what they do and dedicated to providing excellent care for you and your family.
Valley Medical Center's Heart & Vascular Services includes nationally-recognized emergency cardiac care and award winning stroke care, as well as a full spectrum of services and supportive Cardiac Rehabilitation program.
Advancements in medicine and technology over the last few decades changed the way we manage cardiovascular care. Treatments more commonly rely on minimally-invasive procedures rather than major surgery. This means lower risk, faster recovery and better outcomes.
VMC is the recipient of The Joint Commission’s coveted Gold Seal of Approval™ for Stroke care, and Get with the GuidelinesSM Stroke (GWTG-Stroke) Gold Plus, Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Award for performance achievement. Our cardiac catheterization door-to-balloon time, or the time it takes for a patient to arrive at our Emergency department door until a life-saving angioplasty is performed—is just under 60 minutes, or one-third faster than the national industry standard of 90 minutes or less.
The Electrophysiology (EP) Lab at Valley provides care for people with electrical issues of the heart, such as irregular heartbeat, also called arrhythmia. While it’s not unusual to feel like your heart flutters, races, or skips a beat, some heart arrhythmias don’t cause problems while others require treatment. At Valley we are proud to announce the addition of electrophysiology, allowing us to both diagnose and treat electrical issues of the heart. Experienced physicians and staff use the latest techniques to diagnose and treat heart arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation, or a-fib. We use advanced 3-D mapping and imaging technologies, helping get heartbeats back in sync through cardiac ablation, implantable devices such as pacemakers or implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs), and other treatments.
Hybrid Operating Room Expands Valley’s Cardiovascular Capabilities
This new multidisciplinary surgical space is equipped with advanced diagnostic imaging equipment to enable minimally-invasive heart and vascular surgeries. Procedures that can be performed include electrophysiology, stroke and vascular procedures and cardiac catheterization.
Interventional Cardiology: Cardiac Catheterization
From evaluation to life-saving procedures, when patients need us most, we’re right here with state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization labs. Some types of heart disease improve with minimally invasive interventional procedures to open blocked vessels in the heart and restore blood flow. Common procedures include: angioplasty, cardiovascular stents and thrombus aspiration.
Stress Testing, Electrocardiography (EKG) & Echocardiography (Echo)
Valley has a longstanding history of offering non-invasive cardiology services to test and diagnose heart conditions. From treadmill stress testing and holter monitors to EKGs, vascular ultrasound and echocardiography exams, we have the capability and expertise to evaluate a wide range of potential heart conditions.
Vascular Ultrasound Services
Ultrasound imaging is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Vascular ultrasound provides pictures of the body's veins and arteries. It involves exposing part of the body to high-frequency soundwaves to produce pictures of the inside of the body, showing the structure and movement of the body's internal organs as well as blood flow.
When recovering from a cardiac event or heart-related procedure, patients need extra care and support. At Valley’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program, specialized nurses monitor patient progress and vitals. We also integrate exercise and nutrition experts to help patients recover safely as they progress toward fitness and renewed health. Patients with the following are encouraged to participate:
- recent heart attack
- heart failure
- coronary artery bypass surgery
- stent placement
- valve replacement surgery
- stable angina or other heart problems